Blackberries, gin and lemon are the perfect combination in this easy to make Blackberry Gin Fizz! A refreshing cocktail to sip on this summer!
Do you love or hate gin? To be honest I never liked gin up until a few years ago. I always thought it tasted a little medicinal and had too much juniper flavor. Then I had a bartender create a drink for me using it and I absolutely fell in love!
The cocktail used cucumber, a little mint, lime and club soda. It was so fresh and the flavors worked with the gin perfectly to mellow it’s flavor, but not make it disappear. Ever since then I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy gin cocktails.
If you’re unsure about gin cocktails, but are interested in trying one, then start with this Blackberry Gin Fizz. The blackberry and lemon juice work so well with the all the herbal, floral, citrus notes of the gin. The sweetness from the blackberries and honey are the perfect balance to gin’s typically dry flavor. Overall it’s a refreshing, mildly sweet cocktail that’s perfect for summer!
What Is Gin?
Gin is a distilled alcohol that has a predominant flavor of juniper berries. While juniper is the most prevalent flavor, there are also floral, herbal, citrus, and spice notes in it as well. Gin is meant to be mixed and typically not sipped on like tequila or bourbon.
Gin is essentially flavored vodka, but uses natural botanicals in the distilling process. It is not like those salted caramel or strawberry cheesecake flavor vodkas you see in the liquor store. Gin is extremely diverse in flavor. No two brands of gin taste the same, which is what makes it so interesting and fun to create cocktails with.
Ingredients Needed For Blackberry Gin Fizz
- soda water
How to Make Blackberry Gin Fizz
To make a blackberry gin fizz, muddle the blackberries, lemon juice and honey together in a cocktail shaker or measuring cup. You can use a muddler if you have one or handle end of a wooden spoon.
Strain the juice from the mixture into a low ball cocktail glass then stir in the gin. Add in some ice cubes and top it off with soda water. Garnish the gin fizz with a lemon slice and a sprig of mint if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
For this cocktail I used Hendricks Gin. However, there are countless choices out there. When I’m not sure what to get, I often ask the salesperson at the liquor store for recommendations. I also like to buy local brands whenever possible.
No. If you want to skip that step you can, but be aware that your cocktail will have a fair amount of seeds from the blackberries in it.
Yes. You can easily increase the amounts of the ingredients and turn this into a big batch cocktail. If making ahead of time, I recommend muddling the blackberries, honey and lemon juice and straining it into a pitcher. Stop at this point and wait to add the gin when you’re ready to serve.
Adding the ice and the sparkling water into the pitcher is up to you, but it will dilute the cocktail. I recommend leaving them out and having a bucket of ice and bottles of sparkling water out so guests can add however much they want.
Flavor Variations of the Gin Fizz Cocktail
- Citrus – replace lemon with lime or orange
- Berry – replace blackberries with strawberries or raspberries
- Sweetener – Use maple syrup, agave or simple syrup instead of honey
- Herb – Instead of just using the mint as a garnish try muddling it in with the fruit and sweetener. Fresh thyme or basil would also be great alternatives to mint.
More Summer Cocktails
- Strawberry Lime Vodka Smash
- Peach Rosé Sangria
- Spicy Watermelon Margaritas
- Bourbon Peach Slush
- Strawberry Sorbet Rosé Floats
- 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 ounces gin
- Soda water
- Mint for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker or measuring cup, add the blackberries, honey and lemon juice. Use a muddler or the handle end of a wooden spoon to mash the berries until they release their juices.
- Add a few ice cubes to a low ball glass then strain in the blackberry juice. Pour in the gin and top off with soda water. Stir and garnish the glass with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a registered dietician for the most accurate nutritional information.